McGuin­ness col­lapse

GER­RARDS CROSS

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

THERE was a shock in store for Com­mon­wealth Games sil­ver medal­list John McGuin­ness at the Ger­rards Cross Bowls Club fi­nals day.

McGuin­ness (pic­tured) took on Neil Far­nish in the Fred Collins Short Jack/ Long Jack trophy, which is played with just one shot scored on each end, and the win­ner is the first to 13.

The 47-year-old, who landed his medal for Eng­land in the men’s fours at Glas­gow in Au­gust, held what seemed to be an unas­sail­able 12-6 lead over Far­nish, but was pegged back and lost 13-12.

Another tight fin­ish came in the over-55 pairs, with Chas Sta­ple­ton and Nick Maris lead­ing by two shots go­ing into the last end.

How­ever, Mau­reen and Ray Merry held two with the jack in the ditch and Ray’s last wood to come. With nerves of steel, he drew his wood in for the third shot to win.

Merry also com­pleted his three-and-a-half year ten­ure as club pres­i­dent and fit­tingly won his own com­pe­ti­tion, the Pres­i­dent’s Cup, with Tony Holden and An­gela Davies.

Dun­can Gauld emerged as club cham­pion and will rep­re­sent the club in next year’s Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons com­pe­ti­tion, while ladies’ cham­pion once again is Mary Smith, who over­came Mar­garet Poole to re­tain her ti­tle.

But George Reid was the un­doubted star of the week­end, win­ning the 100pts, the Salinger Cup and the Two Bowls tro­phies.

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